Chris Bannon focuses his practice on helping clients resolve commercial disputes through litigation, mediation, arbitration, and other dispute resolution methods. He devotes the majority of his practice to representing insurance companies in resolving complex coverage disputes arising out of various types of insurance policies and relationships. In addition to serving as insurers' counsel in litigation, Chris counsels insurers in connection with the interpretation and application of insurance policies, assists insurers in the preparation of reservations of rights and other coverage-related correspondence, negotiates and drafts coverage-related agreements, and serves as monitoring counsel in connection with underlying claims and suits. Chris also Co-Chairs the firm's Insurance Coverage Group.

In addition to his insurance related practice, Chris has represented a wide range of business entities in commercial litigation. He has assisted clients in resolving claims arising out of contracts, real estate transactions, construction, leases, banking transactions, employment relationships and various other commercial matters.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Representing some of the country’s largest professional liability and casualty insurers, including as trial counsel, in declaratory judgment and other litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country arising out of various types of underlying claims

  • Obtained declaratory judgment, in favor of a financial institutions errors and omissions insurer, that it had no duty to defend or indemnify the insured bank against a $7 million lawsuit arising out of alleged misrepresentations made to investors

  • Obtained declaratory judgment that real estate errors and omissions insurance policy did not cover claims against real estate broker arising out of aborted business mergers, and successfully defended judgment on appeal

  • Obtained declaratory judgment in favor of an employment practices liability insurer in dispute over insurance coverage for claims for unpaid overtime wages, and successfully defended judgment on appeal

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of legal professional liability insurer in dispute with law firm over coverage for suit involving alleged misuse of escrow funds

  • Successfully defended a real estate brokerage firm against an age discrimination lawsuit, obtaining dismissal of suit

  • Obtained judgments in favor of a professional liability insurer in multiple lawsuits involving insurance coverage for claims that insured title agents wrongfully charged customers fees

  • Obtained summary judgments on behalf of real estate errors and omissions insurer in separate suits concerning insurance coverage for claims that real estate agents improperly inflated commissions

  • Successfully defended commercial property owner in trial of construction dispute, and successfully defended judgment on appeal

  • Obtained declaratory judgment in favor of errors and omissions insurer in dispute over insurance coverage for antitrust and other claims against real estate broker

  • Obtained declaratory judgment on behalf of accountants' professional liability insurer in dispute over coverage for securities-related suit against accountant, and successfully defended judgment on appeal

  • Obtained summary judgment declaring that real estate errors and omissions insurance policy did not provide coverage for claim against real estate broker arising out of the sale of agent's own property

  • Served as coordinating counsel for multiple insurer defendants in multimillion-dollar product liability insurance coverage action, resulting in favorable summary judgment rulings

  • Obtained judgment on the pleadings for real estate errors and omissions insurer in dispute over coverage for suit alleging real estate broker improperly managed property

  • Successfully defended seller of retail store business against fraud and breach of contract claims by purchaser

  • Obtained real estate property management firm’s dismissal from a suit alleging employment-related claims

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of ERISA-based employee benefit plan in action for constructive trust

  • Obtained declaratory judgment in favor of professional liability insurer in coverage dispute arising out of title agent's misappropriation of escrow funds

  • Defense of attorneys and other professionals against professional liability claims

  • Representation of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and property owners in resolving disputes and litigation arising out of construction projects

  • Obtained declaratory judgment that a condominium association’s errors and omissions insurer was not required to pay for the association’s defense of a lawsuit by unit owners, and that the association’s general liability insurer was instead required to pay for the defense

  • Obtained law firm’s dismissal from suit alleging breach of fiduciary duties and aiding/abetting breach of fiduciary duties

  • Successfully defended national real estate brokerage firm in litigation and arbitration involving commission disputes with other parties

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Chris joined Aronberg Goldgehn in October 1989 and became Co-Managing Member of the firm in January 2009. As a Co-Managing Member, he works to ensure an integrated management and leadership approach to the firm's development, client service, business and operations.

Since 2009, he has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by the Leading Lawyers Network, a designation awarded to less than 5 percent of Illinois attorneys. Also, since 2011, he has been named a Super Lawyer in the areas of Insurance Coverage and Business Litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers, a designation awarded by peers to only 5 percent of Illinois attorneys.

Outside the office, Chris is active in community service. He has served on a local school board and coached youth volleyball teams for many years. He is also a marathon runner and triathlete, and enjoys hiking, biking, waterskiing and snow skiing.

SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS

  • "Rising Above the Stats: Defining and Encouraging Success for Women Attorneys and Methods for Achieving It", Illinois State Bar Association program,"Because You’re Worth It! Achieving Advancement & Fair Compensation in the Legal Profession," May 7, 2015.

LEADERSHIP ROLES

  • Co-Managing Member, Aronberg Goldgehn
  • Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Practice Group, Aronberg Goldgehn


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1987

The University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A., English, 1984
College and University Honors



BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Northern District of Indiana

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federal Trial Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Defense Research Institute, Insurance Law Committee


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  • Recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (Since 2009)
  • Named an Illinois Super Lawyer in Insurance Coverage and Business Litigation (Since 2011)

PERSONAL

What is your favorite thing about working at Aronberg Goldgehn? It’s a real pleasure to work with people you like, respect and know will get the job done well.
What is your favorite place in Chicago?
The Lakefront Trail. Running or biking as the sun rises over the lake never gets old.